Italian opera

Portland Opera Props Master Cindy Felice

Props in Portland: A Glimpse Behind the Magic

“Se avete due pani, vendetene uno e comprate un fiore, perché anche l'anima ha fame.” If one has two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a flower, for...
Franco Zeffirelli.

Sharing memories with maestro Franco Zeffirelli

His artistic legacy is invaluable, representing the highest and purest form of art: films and theater shows that deeply move the human heart with an...
Nabucco © Philip Newton courtesy of Seattle Opera

Seattle Opera Presents Nabucco—Verdi’s first "Big Hit"

Nabucco helped launch Giuseppe Verdi’s spectacular career in Milan in 1842 and still thrills audiences around the world. Seattle Opera opened their...
James Conlon

James Conlon on his passion for Italian Opera

Founded in 1931 in Turin, Piedmont region, by Italy’s public service broadcaster, the RAI National Symphonic Orchestra has absorbed the radio...
Photo from Elixir of Love by Cory Weaver courtesy of the Portland Opera

Perspective on Portland Opera’s production of The Elixir of Love

Elixir of Love ( L’elisir d’amore ) is a comic opera ( melodramma giocoso ) in two acts by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti . The opera...
L to R: Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti, composer Marco Tutino, Director Francesca Zambello, and Company General Director David Gockley

Director Francesca Zambello: «This is how we transformed La Ciociara in a piece for the opera»

The cruelty of war as well as the loss of innocence; the love of a mother for her daughter and the vain attempt to find safety: these elements take...
Speranza Scappucci. Photo by Silvia Lelli

Italian conductor Speranza Scappucci brings some of the best operas to the U.S.

Among the few women who have made it to the conductor’s podium, Speranza Scappucci is also a brilliant pianist and a graduate from the prestigious...

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